This past year, we began meeting once a month on Sunday nights for church-wide prayer. The young adult Bible study that takes place on Thursday nights has also set aside once a month to devote to prayer. For someone who has struggled with prayer over the years, these prayer gatherings have been refreshing for my soul. Let me share with you a few reasons why…
- Accountability. Attending these corporate prayer gatherings has kept me accountable to spending more time in prayer on a regular basis. I would not be praying on those nights if I were on my own. It also helps call to mind things in the church, the community, and the world for which I might not otherwise pray. It also gives me more awareness about opportunities to serve. (Heb. 10:24-25)
- It builds community. At these gatherings, I get to know people in the church better. I hear more of their heart for the LORD. I learn about individual needs and struggles. It helps me to be less focused on myself and to love others better. We share one another’s burdens and worship together in prayer. (Eph. 6:18-19)
- We’re commanded to pray. Scripture exhorts us over and over again to pray, and the neat thing is that it’s for our good! (Phil. 4:6-7)
- It grows my relationship with the LORD. One of the amazing things about being a Christian is that God really wants a personal relationship with me. That means that I am His daughter and he genuinely wants to spend time with me! What a privilege! Just like in any relationship, my intimacy with the LORD grows as I spend more time with Him. (Col. 1:9-14)
Below are some notes I took at the most recent prayer gathering with Al Baker. With his permission, I am sharing some brief notes about “revival prayer.” I hope that it is helpful and encouraging. And I hope to see you at the next prayer gathering!
Revival Prayer (Al Baker):
We must pray with desperation! Like the Syrophoenician woman in Mark 7, we must get to a place where we can pray with desperation, humiliation, expectation, and celebration.
- Pray with the heart of Jesus (example: the petitions in the Lord’s Prayer).
- Pray in the NAME of Jesus (not in your own power).
- Pray the Word of God (read a passage and turn it into a prayer).
- There is power and authority in this!
- This helps extend your prayer time.
- Pray in the Spirit (Eph. 6 – persevere).
- Be holy in prayer (repent, forgive, etc.).
- Pray in faith (pray in expectation; ask specifically).
- Pray with fervency.
- Pray with urgency.
- Pray with humility (James 5).
- Pray in unity.
- Pray in community (closeness comes when battling together).
- Pray with persistence (pray until you get an answer).
By Alison Ashley